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Hamburg, NY — Buffalo Raceway will open the 2020 harness racing season on Wednesday night (Jan. 29) with a 13-race program that gets underway at 5 p.m. It will be a busy week at the half-mile oval located at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg as there will be lots for the fans to look forward to during opening week. Wednesday’s opener will feature a $2,500 guaranteed Pick-5 which begins in the second race. There will also be free programs and a 2020 season magnet giveaway. In the Winner’s Circle Cafe, personal pan pizzas will just be $5 and patrons can also taste the new philly cheese steak and meatball hoagies. When the action returns on Saturday (Feb. 1) with a 6 p.m. start time, the popular ‘Lucky Exacta’ contest returns as each fan will receive two ceramic Buffalo Raceway coasters along with an exacta combination. Should your exacta come in, you’ll spin the prize wheel to win free wagers on the last race of the night. The coasters will also have $5 in free play from Hamburg Gaming. While the fans will be treated off track, it’s back to business for drivers and trainers. Billy Davis Jr., who swept the driving titles last season at Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs with 119 and 131 victories, respectively, will be busy as he is scheduled to drive in 12 of the 13 events on opening night. “I had a very good meet last year,” Davis said in looking back on 2019. “I am hoping to build off that and have another good run.” He went on to say about the early part of the season, “It’s always difficult to know how the opening days of racing meets can go but I am very confident in my trainers and their horses. It would be great to start the season off with a bang.” James Clouser Jr. returns after he claimed the training crowns at both Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs in 2019. He had 56 winners at Buffalo Raceway last season and added 51 more at Batavia Downs. He’ll send a pair out on the opening night program. Maria Rice, who was the runner-up behind Clouser in both Western New York meets last year, hopes to jump start her season as she drew into six races on the Wednesday night card. The main event on the slate is the $13,000 Open Trot that drew the likes of 2019 Buffalo Raceway ‘Trotter of the Year’ Wheels A Turning and Lougazi. The sub features include the $10,000 Class A Trot and the $10,000 Class A Pace for the fillies and mares. Racing will be held on Wednesday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. while Saturday nights will have a 6 p.m. post. Action returns on Friday starting in April and will have a 5 p.m. start time. For more information, including the latest news, race replays, entries, results, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com. by Brian Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Batavia, NY --- Two top class races highlighted the second to last harness racing card at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Dec. 13) and both winners rewarded their backers with premium mutuels. In the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot, Fox Valley Veto was overlooked at 11-1 and pulled the upset with a strong closing effort. Saratoga invader Golden Kronos (John Cummings Jr.) flew to the lead and rattled off fractions of :29 and :59.2. At the half Wheels A Turning (Shawn McDonough) pulled first up and Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) followed his cover. Positions remained the same until the top of the stretch when Davis tipped Fox Valley Veto clear and matched strides with Golden Kronos all the way to the wire where he got a slight advantage and won by a head in 1:58.4. It was the third win in a row and 12th of the year for Fox Valley Veto ($24.80) who has now earned $72,317 for owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the winner. Then in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace for fillies and mares, Blue Bell Bonnie turned some heads as she breezed the fastest mile of the night. Driver Dave McNeight III burst through the gate with Blue Bell Bonnie, went right to the front and never looked back for a second. Posting furious fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:25.2, Blue Bell Bonnie rounded the final bend and took a two length lead into deep stretch where he won in a shocker time of 1:54.3. It was the 10th win of the year for Blue Bell Bonnie ($10.60) and it pushed her total for 2019 to $75,258. Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi own and James Clouser Jr. trains. The Downs 2019 driving champion Billy Davis Jr. was the top dog again on Friday after winning four more races on the card. Besides the already mentioned Fox Valley Veto, Davis also won with Expensive Toy (1:58.4, $3.00), Traverse Seelster (1:59.3, $13.60) and Are You In (2:00.4, $8.70). Drew Monti also scored a driving hat trick and Shawn McDonough doubled up both as a driver and a trainer. Live racing resumes for the final time in 2019 on Saturday night (Dec. 14) with post time at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- The Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (UNY USHWA) has named the top harness racing driver and trainer of the 2019 meet at Batavia Downs and will present each with a trophy between races in the Purple Haze Winner's Circle at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Dec. 14). The driver of the meet was Billy Davis Jr. Davis started driving on a regular basis at Batavia Downs in 2016 and finished a strong third last year with 99 wins. This meet Davis started fast, maintained his momentum throughout, demolished the competition and in the end captured his first Batavia Downs driving title. Davis currently has a total of 127 wins, 48 more than the second place Jim Morrill Jr. who pulled the pin for the year on the first day of November. Those wins along with 101 seconds and 82 thirds out of 621 starts have earned him a Universal Driver Rating (UDR) of .341 for the meet and $839,581 in purses. The earnings total is a new track record for a single meet exceeding the standard of $802,528 set be Jim Morrill Jr. 13 years ago in 2006. For 2019 in its entirety, the 33-year-old Davis has won 270 races, pocketed $1,846,243 in loot and his UDR of .320 was the best of his career. The trainer of the meet was James Clouser Jr. Clouser has been conditioning horses at Batavia since 2014 and has twice finished second in the standings in 2015 and 2018. This year Clouser took command early and stayed on top the entire meet to capture his first Batavia Downs training title. With a strong stable of horses anchored by owners Burke Racing/Weaver Bruscemi and William Emmons, Clouser posted 50 wins, 29 seconds and 37 thirds out of 214 starts for a UTR of .367 and $352,910 in earnings. That income total is the second highest ever recorded at the Downs behind Kim Asher's $505,624 in 2017. For the calendar year overall, the also 33-year-old Clouser has won 270 races and $775,359 in purses. He is also nearing his 500th career training win (currently at 482) and the $3 million earnings plateau. Batavia Downs and UNY USHWA congratulate both men and all their connections. By Tim Bojarski, for UNY USHWA

Batavia, NY --- With no more Wednesday harness racing this year at Batavia Downs, the top distaff pace joined the weekly featured trot on Friday night (Dec. 6) with one race providing an upset and the other satisfying the chalk bettors. In the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot, Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) settled in fourth off the gate and watched as Chuckabuck (Drew Monti) made a break and Alert Hanover (Jim McNeight Jr.) overtook Empire Earl N (Mike Caprio) for the lead at the quarter pole. After all that action sorted itself out, Davis pulled Veto off the pegs at the three-eighths pole and motored to the top by the half in 1:00.2. As the race progressed onto the second circuit, Wheels A Turning (Shawn McDonough) came calling on the outside and matched strides with Fox Valley Veto up the backside, around the far turn and into the stretch. The battle continued down the lane until Fox Valley Veto slammed the door at the light, winning by one-half length in 1:58.3 at 15-1 . It was the 11th win of the year for Fox Valley Veto ($33.40) and owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the winner. Then in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace of fillies and mares, Lady London (Ray Fisher Jr,) drifted fourth on the outside for the first eighth of a mile before she made a quick rush for the lead at the quarter in :28.2. From there the race was history. Lady London opened up a 1-½ length lead by the half in :58.3 and extended it to four at the three-quarters in 1:26.4. With no one even close as she sprinted around the last turn, Lady London jogged home wrapped up like a Christmas present to win by 6-½ lengths in 1:56. It was the third win in the last four starts for Lady London ($5.40) and owner VHF Racing. Sabrina Shaw is the trainer. Eight participating horse people had multiple win performances on Friday night. Drivers Billy Davis Jr. and Drew Monti led the way with three wins each on the card while Shawn McDonough and John Cummings Jr. both won two. And trainers Sabrina Shaw, Maria Rice, Jim Tronolone and Dave Russo all sent two stablemembers to the winner's enclosure for photographs. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Dec. 7) with pot time at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Keystone Apache was a dominant force in the $10,500 Open II trot at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 13) and scored his eighth harness racing win of the year in the easiest of fashion. Keystone Apache (Billy Davis Jr.) left slowly and made a gradual attack at the lead. He got there by the quarter in :28.4 and from that point on, the race was over. With a two-length gap for the next half mile, Keystone Apache stopped the timer in :57.3 and 1:27.3. With the plugs having already been pulled before that the station, Keystone Apache extended his lead to four-lengths heading into the final turn and maintained it into the stretch. Davis had little left to do as his horse was off and gone; Keystone Apache jogged across the wire by three lengths in 1:58.2. Keystone Apache ($6.40) upped his 2019 income to $62,092 for owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice trains the winner. Several horsemen had multiple wins on Friday. Dave McNeight III and Shawn McDonough led the way with three driving wins apiece while Jim Morrill Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. each had two. Trainer Maria Rice also had two winners. The $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions that are comprised of eight $225,000 races will be held at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 14) with a first race post time of 6 p.m. Peter Kleinhans will be the track's guest host and handicapper for the in-house and simulcast broadcast and Heather Wilder will be in the Purple Haze winner's circle interviewing the winners and all their connections after each stakes race. There will be two $7,500 guaranteed pools in both the early and late Pick-4 wagers that night and both will be all-stake Pick-4s (races 3-6 and races 7-10). The pools are part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program and free program pages will be available on the USTA's website and through links on the Batavia Downs Facebook page when they become available. Free full card programs are now available for download from the Daily Racing Form Harness. There will be a T-shirt giveaway courtesy of the NYSS on Saturday night as well. Fans attending the races live only need to swipe their Player's Club card at guest services starting at 4:30 p.m. to receive a ticket to get their shirt after the seventh race. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It's been quite a week for Buffalo Raceway's leading harness racing driver Billy Davis Jr. First, he went over the $20 million mark in career purse earnings and then on Saturday night (July 6) he celebrated his 33rd birthday with six victories including the two main events.   "I've had a pretty good go of it lately," Davis Jr. said of the big week that has included 10 victories in the past three cards at Buffalo Raceway. "It was a pretty good birthday."   Davis Jr. captured the $13,000 Class AA-Open Pace aboard Lucan Hanover ($5.90) as they posted a length triumph over Western Passage and he also collected the win aboard China Dream in the $11,000 Class AA Pace.   After a pair of heart-breaking second place finishes by a neck in his previous two tries, Lucan Hanover completed the task this time with a gate-to-wire score in seasonal best 1:53.2.   Posting fractions of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:25.1, a :28.1 last frame by Lucan Hanover kept Western Passage (Denny Bucceri) at bay at the wire. Black Is Back (David McNeight III) took the third place position.   "It felt like the old Lucan Hanover," Davis Jr. said. "Last week he was coming off a two-week break and I figured he might be short. Tonight he coasted along pretty good."   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and the Pine Hill Racing Stable LLC, it was the fifth win in 21 starts for Lucan Hanover (Western Ideal-Lauren Order). The 9-year-old gelding has now produced $39,649 in winnings this season and pushed his career bank to $1,199,665.   China Dream has been earning his keep with plenty of second and third place finishes but he finally got the winner's share of the purse after registering a 2-1/4 length nod over Western Conquest (Ray Fisher Jr.) in the $11,000 Class AA pace. China Dream ($21.60) toured the mile in a season's best 1:54.4. Rose Run Ranger (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show position as Lots Of Lovin was disqualified from third to fifth due to interference.   Since the beginning of May, China Dream has had a second and four third place finishes. He broke the dry spell thanks to a hard-charging :27.2 final quarter mile which secured his fourth victory of the campaign.   Co-owned by trainer Maria Rice and Jack Rice, it was the fourth win in 20 outings for the 8-year-old gelded China Dream (If I Can Dream-China Art). The win upped his bankroll to $37,030 on the year and $320,217 lifetime.   China Dream   In the $10,000 Class A pace, Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn McDonough) tied his lifetime best with a 1:53.4 and turned back Race Me Rocky (Billy Davis Jr.) by 1-1/2 lengths. He win was worth $9.30 to his backers.   Shawn McDonough had a pair of driving and training victories while Maria Rice conditioned a pair of winners.   The final two weeks of the 2019 campaign will begin on Wednesday night with a 12-race card set for 5 p.m. The New York Sire Stakes will highlight the program as the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers will clash in a pair of $52,000 divisions. There will also be action in the Excelsior A and B Series.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Keystone Apache ($5.20) was on his best behavior on Friday night (May 10) and that resulted in a harness racing victory in the $11,000 Class A Open Handicap Trot at Buffalo Raceway. He turned back Lougazi by a 3/4 lengths in 1:58.1 over the fast track.   It's been feast or famine for Keystone Apache. When not dealing with breaking woes, the 4-year-old horse has been very good.   "Trainer Maria Rice made a few equipment adjustments on him and it worked," winning driver Billy Davis Jr. said. "The race set up perfectly for him and once I got him around the last turn, I knew we'd be good. He's fast horse when he doesn't break."   Sitting fourth heading down the back stretch the final time, Keystone Apache was following dull cover and was forced three wide. The move was the right one as he was able to open up a two length advantage turning for home and used a :28.4 last panel to quell the last gasp hopes of Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.). Southern Palms (Shawn McDonough) rolled into the third place position.   Owned by the the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing LTD, it was the fourth win in 14 attempts this year for Keystone Apache ( -Found An Angel). The victory upped his 2019 earnings to $30,850 and $163,454 lifetime.   Davis Jr. and McDonough had driving doubles on the evening.   Racing will resume on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 10-race card scheduled. There's a $839 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Lady London ($3.90) may not have been as fast as last week but she was still pretty darn good on Wednesday night (May 8) after romping once again in Buffalo Raceway's $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Pace for the filly and mares.   Setting two new marks for the all-aged and aged (5+) distaff pacers with a 1:53.2 clocking last week, Lady London was dominate again after coasting to a 4-1/2 nod over Little Joke in 1:54.2 over the fast harness racing track.   At the start, Little Joke handed out a parking ticket to Lady London as the tandem reached the quarter pole in a rapid :27.4. But once reaching the lead, driver Billy Davis Jr. and Lady London were in command the rest of the way.   Enjoying a three length advantage turning for home, Lady London dropped a :28.3 final panel on the field to evaporate all of their hopes. Little Joke (Shawn McDonough) took the place position with Rock My World (Jim Morrill Jr.) finishing in third.   Owned by Vhf Racing LCC and trained by Sabrina Clevenger, it was the third victory in nine starts this season for Lady London (Maddam Luck-Northern Luck). The 6-year-old mare has now earned $21,588 on the campaign and $75,876 lifetime.   Morrill Jr. and Davis Jr. had a driving triples on the program. Trainer Gerry Sarama sent three to the winner's circle with Clevenger getting a double.   Racing will resume on Friday night with a nine-race program set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Lady London was the fabulous female on Wednesday night (May 1) in Buffalo Raceway's $10,500 Class A Open Handicap pace for the harness racing filly and mares as she broke two track records in going the mile in 1:53.2.   Driven by Billy Davis Jr., Lady London ($3.30) eclipsed the all-age mark for the distaff pacers of 1:53.3 set in 2015 by Mosquito Blue Chip and also established a new standard for the aged (5+) mare pacers of 1:53.3 registered in 2018 by Sportsmuffler. And to put an exclamation point on the night, it was a lifetime best.   Davis Jr. said about the record breaking journey aboard Lady London. "I just stepped on it with her when (Kevin Cummings) came up behind me with You Mach Me Crazy at the three-quarter pole."   He went on to say, "I thought it (the track record) was 1:53.1. I never asked her until the last eighth of a mile. She had plenty left in the tank."   With a fast track and the temperature at nearly 80 degrees, it was the perfect recipe for some speedy efforts.   Scoring from the inside, Lady London set sail and rocketed out to fractions of :28.1, :56.3 and 1:25.4. Any thoughts of the field catching her were quickly doused as Lady London used a final panel of :27.3 to dispose of Little Joke (Shawn McDonough) who finished 2-3/4 lengths behind and You Mach Me Crazy.   Owned by Vhf Racing and trained by Sabrina Clevenger, it was the second victory in eight tries for Lady London (Big Jim-Maddam Luck). The six-year-old mare has now produced $16,338 in earnings this season and $70,626 lifetime.   Davis Jr., Ray Fisher Jr. and Cummings all had driving doubles on the evening.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a nine-race card slated to begin at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Buffalo Raceway will present an 11-race program that has a special 7:15 p.m. post to accommodate the running of the Kentucky Derby.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After suffering a narrow nose defeat last week, Sportsmuffler made sure she wasn't going to suffer the same fate on Wednesday night (April 10).   Starting from the pylons, Sportsmuffler ($3.30) led every step of the way and blew away the field by four lengths in Buffalo Raceway's $9,200 Class A-B Handicap pace for the harnes racing filly and mares.   Sportsmuffler wasted no time to reaching the lead, putting up a :58.2 opening half over the fast track. Things went even quicker from there as driver Billy Davis Jr. put on the burners with Sportsmuffler, scorching the final half in :57.2. Rock My World (Kevin Cummings), who pinned the narrow loss on Sportsmuffler last week, had to settle for second place with Bad Glamour Girl (Ray Fisher Jr.) taking third.   Owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steven Kiblin, it was the first victory of the season for Sportsmuffler (Sportsmaster-Whatifthere'smore). The 7-year-old mare has now earned $7,700 in 2019 and $296,206 in her career.   Jim Morrill Jr., Drew Monti and Davis Jr. all doubled on the program with Frank Mays and Jeff Amann scoring training doubles.   Racing will resume on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card on tap.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, result, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com       By Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Majestic Kat had the field bowing down to her in Buffalo Raceway's $12,000 Class A Open Trot on Wednesday night (March 27) as she showed her dominance in registering a 3-1/4 length victory in 1:57.0 over the fast track.   Driven by Billy Davis Jr., Majestic Kat ($7.20) has made it two consecutive harness racing wins since arriving from Northfield Park in early March. She notched an impressive come from behind length victory from the seven post in her local debut on March 20 by taking the $10,000 Class A-AA event.   Empire Earl N (Ray Fisher Jr.) enjoyed the lead through opening splits of :28.3 and :59.1. Majestic Kat drafting along in second, popped the pocket down the backstretch and took command, hitting the three-quarter pole in 1:27.4.   From there, Majestic Kat left little doubt who was in charge, strutting off to the easy win. Wheels A Turning (Shawn Gray) picked up the place position with Empire Earl N holding on for third.   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing LTD, it was the third victory in eight tries this season for the 5-year-old mare Majestic Kat (Majestic Son-Order By Matilda). Maria Rice, who conditioned two winners on the evening, saw her trainee up her seasonal earnings to $23,460 and $185,051 lifetime.   Jim Morrill Jr. and Kevin Cummings each produced four victories in the sulky with Davis Jr. getting a double.   Racing will resume at 6 p.m. on Saturday night with a 13-race scheduled. A $955 carryover will await fans in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After finishing in the money 30 out of 40 times in 2018 including 10 victories and over $90,000 in earnings, Empire Earl N ($3.40) showed that the change in the calendar year makes no difference to him.   Driver Billy Davis Jr. waited patiently with Empire Earl N and collared Time Will Tell All (Shawn Gray) in the stretch to collect the neck victory in Buffalo Raceway's $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night (Feb. 6). It was the third straight for Empire Earl N as he closed the 2018 campaign at Batavia Downs with a pair of wins.   Benefiting from the scratches of Snapshot Springs and On Thunder Road N, Empire Earl N was able to score from the six post instead of the eight spot. Tucking in second off the gate, Empire Earl N watched as Time Will Tell All set the fractions of :29.3, 1:01.4 and 1:33.0 over the soupy track.   In the stretch, On Thunder Road held gamely but Empire Earl N had just enough left, splashing by the front runner down the passing lane and grabbing the win in 2:04.4. Lucky Guess (Drew Monti) captured the show position.   Owned by Kimberly Asher and trained by Riley Asher-Stalbaum, it was the 27th career win for the 11-year-old gelded Empire Earl N (Earl-Santa Nita). The win pushed his career earnings to $257,344.   In the $9,500 Class A pace for the fillies and mares, You Mach Me Crazy took command past the half mile marker and cruised to a 4-1/2 length win over Aritzia Hanover (Davis Jr.) in 2:01.4.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., You Mach Me Crazy returned $6.60 to her backers.   Davis Jr. put three more victories into his win column in 2019 while Gray, Monti and Ray Fisher Jr. all doubled. JD Perrin collected a pair of training victories.   Racing will resume on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 12-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Batavia, NY --- Sportsmuffler remained the mare to beat in Western New York after scoring her second straight top class distaff pacing feature victory at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Nov. 7). Getting away fourth, Sportsmuffler (Billy Davis Jr.) watched as Machin Marley (Kevin Cummings) flew to the front and guided the field's fortunes to the half in a tepid :58.3. Shortly after that marker, Kruella pulled first-over and eventually took command of the pace by the three-quarter pole. With Machin Marley starting to lose touch, Davis, who was a boxed fourth, was able to sneak Sportsmuffler out and around the pack before going three-deep into the last turn. First drawing even with Kruella, Sportsmuffler then pulled away from everyone to win by three in 1:56.1. It was the ninth win of the year and 35th career victory for Sportsmuffler ($7.90) who is owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steve Kiblin. Sportsmuffler has now earned $60,366 this year. In the co-featured $8,800 fillies and mares Open II, Hey Kobe (Billy Davis Jr.) led every step of the way going gate to wire and winning by two lengths in 1:56.4. The Mihajlo Zdjelar trained Hey Kobe ($12.00) scored her sixth win of the year for owner Keith Pinkowski. Billy Davis Jr. won both top events on Wednesday but he ended up with a driving Grand Slam as well. Besides the already mentioned Sportsmuffler and Hey Kobe, Davis also won with Sweet Kimmy (2:03.1, $6.70) and Gussy's Dragon (1:58.3, $43). With no winning ticket in the early Pick-5 wager on Wednesday, there is a $709 carry-over and a $2,000 guaranteed pool for the early Pick-5 at Batavia Downs when live racing resumes on Friday night (Nov. 9). The early Pick-5 is a 50-cent base wager that starts in race one and runs through race five. Post time for the first race on Friday is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- It was a dark and stormy night in Genesee County and the track was sloppy at best. But that didn't stop the top side-wheeling mare Sportsmuffler from out-dueling three rivals at the wire to win the $10,400 distaff pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Oct.30). After a two-week layoff, Sportsmuffler got away third while Kaitlyn Rae (Ray Fisher Jr.) drove to the front by the quarter and led the field to the half without opposition. This produced a very pedestrian :31 second quarter making Kaitlyn Rae look like a veritable lock. But there was a half to go and Sportsmuffler (Billy Davis Jr.) had different ideas and was the first to push the issue as they rolled up the backside. Kaitlyn Rae maintained her length advantage passing the three-quarters in 1:28.1, but her pursuers were poised to strike as Roll With Faith (Kevin Cummings) joined the fray another length behind Sportsmuffler. Coming off the far turn, Sportsmuffler was wearing down Kaitlyn Rae and Roll With Faith had tipped three-deep both of them. From the back of the pack, Kruella (Shawn McDonough) came out of nowhere and was flying down the middle of the track. As the race approached the wire, these four were strung across the lane in a tightening bunch, but it was Sportsmuffler getting her head in front at the line to win in 1:57.3. It was the eighth win of 2018 for Sportsmuffler ($8.80) who has now earned $55,166 for owner Rose Campbell. Steve Kiblin trains the winner. In the $8,500 fillies and mares conditioned under card, Susie's Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) unleashed a furious stretch drive to catch A Crafty Lady (Drew Monti) who looked like she was home, to win in 1:57.4. Susie's Delight ($16.60) has now won three of her last four starts and five on the year for owner Swift Racing Stable. Ryan Swift does the training. Four drivers won all 10 races on Wednesday led by Billy Davis Jr. who had the Grand Slam. Kevin Cummings, Shawn McDonough and Ray Fisher Jr. all had two wins apiece. With no winner of the early Pick-5 wager on Wednesday, there will be a guaranteed $1,500 pool for that wager when racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Nov. 2) Post time is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- The 39th annual Batavia Downs Labor Day driver's bicycle race took place on Monday (Sept. 3) with a full field of eight local reinsmen lining up to compete. And with three previous race winners in the 2018 field, a first time victor emerged from the pack. The starting car picked up the field at the top of the far turn and let them go at the head of the stretch for the one-eighth mile dash. Billy Davis Jr. took a quick early lead but he was soon joined by Drew Monti and Denny Bucceri who flanked him inside and out. Then halfway down the stretch Brad Jackson, who was hindered by post eight, was cruising in the middle of the stretch and got by everyone to win by two lengths. Jackson celebrated the win with a "flying leg" pose as he crossed the wire. After the race, the bikes were given away via random drawing to eight lucky fans who correctly selected Jackson to win before the event. Also on Monday afternoon, drivers Billy Davis Jr. and Kevin Cummings had the hot hands during the live card of racing, winning four and three races respectively. Davis piloted Bad Glamour Girl ($6.10), Dark Horse ($4.00), Peter Pumpkineater ($15.00) and Cashco ($5.40) while Cummings steered Dwntwnskeeterbrown ($28.40), Montezuma Bluechip ($3.70) and Our Last Photo ($7.20). Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 5) with the New York Sire Stakes 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings in the house. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Barry Hanover ($10.60) looked like a prize fighter bobbing and weaving in the stretch, seeking for some racing room in Buffalo Raceway's co-featured $9,700 Open II Pace on Saturday night (July 21). But driver Billy Davis Jr. was patient but persistent and finally found a gap in guiding Barry Hanover to a neck victory over Bugatti in 1:55.3.   In the other $9,700 Open II event, In Runaway Bay N found the 'lightning lane' early and was straight as an arrow to the finish line to notch a $34.20 upset win in 1:55.1.   Bugatti (Ron Beback Jr.) showed the way in the opening feature as he set the tempo with fractions of :29.3, :57.4 and 1:26.3. Barry Hanover, who was sitting fifth at the top of the stretch, looked in every direction before Davis Jr. was able to dip him into the passing lane and rally in the shadow of the wire for the victory. Bugatti had to settle for second with Southwind Torque (John Cummings Jr.) taking third.   Owned by John Sixt and trained by Judith Blaun, it was the second win in 15 starts this season for the 4-year-old gelded Barry Hanover (Rock N Roll Heaven-Beachbunny). The win increased his seasonal earnings to $17,628 and $105,609 lifetime.   In Runaway Bay N (Shawn McDonough) got the perfect stalking trip behind the pace setting Dark Horse and squeezed out a head victory. With panels of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:26.2, a :28.3 final quarter plus clear sailing through the stretch enabled In Runaway Bay N to collar Dark Horse. Tyler (Shawn Gray) took the show position.   Owned by Mark Jakubik and trained by Angelo Nappo, it was the third win in 21 starts in 2018 for 7-year-old gelded Runaway Bay N (Mach Three-Pullover Brown). His bankroll jumped to $29,515 this year and to $171,135 in his career.   Gray finished the evening with three winners in the bike with Monti and Davis Jr. adding two apiece. Dave McNeight Sr. had two training victories.   With the 2018 season now complete, the track announced its award winners for the year on Saturday night.   Drew Monti won his first driving championship at Buffalo Raceway with 123 victories as the 23-year-old went over $700,000 in purses. Shawn Gray took the runner up spot with 106 wins and Billy Davis Jr. finished in third with 100 in his initial season at the track.   James Clouser Jr. took his first training title at the Hamburg half-mile oval with 81 wins and over $415,000 in earnings. JD Perrin ended up second in the standings with 63 victories while Maria Rice rounded out the top three with 42 victories.   The "Trotter of the Year" went to Fox Valley Veto who broke the all-aged trotting record on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 1:56.0 victory to solidify the honor. Fox Valley Veto (Pizzazzed-Yankee Victory Om) is co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable along with Jack Rice. The 7-year-old gelding is trained by Maria Rice and won five times in 16 tries at Buffalo, amassing $40,489 in purse money.   The "Pacer of the Year" award went to Lightning Raider N (Christian Cullen-Talent Hanover) as the 13-year-old gelding posted 12 victories in 21 starts in 2018 for then owner Mae Smith. Lightning Raider N had bankrolled $38,349 until he was claimed last weekend by Marissa Russo and Kenneth Urbanczyk for $5,500.   He didn't last long in their barn as Mike Torcello claimed him on Saturday night for $8,000 with Gerry Sarama listed as the trainer. Lightning Raider N finished fifth in the race.   Simulcasting at Buffalo Raceway will be closed from July 23 through August 21 due to the Erie County Fair.   Live racing at Buffalo Raceway will return in January of 2019.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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